A Dissociation of Predicted Pleasure and Motivation

  • Datum: 15.11.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 11:15 - 12:15
  • Vortragende(r): Miguel Brendl
  • University of Basel
  • Ort: Max Planck House
  • Raum: Lecture Hall
  • Gastgeber: Peter Dayan
A Dissociation of Predicted Pleasure and Motivation

We explore the relationship between the pleasure one predicts for a future consumption outcome (predicted utility) and the motivation to obtain that outcome (decision utility). We find in humans that motivation can be high even though predicted pleasure is low. This extends prior animal research showing that motivation to obtain a reward can be high despite the hedonic reaction to actually consuming the reward being low (Berridge & Aldridge, 2008). Our finding raises questions about hedonism, the strong position that motivation is always a result of approaching pleasure or avoiding pain.

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